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Report: GOP Governors Planning Healthcare Reform Proposal

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Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval

By    |   Saturday, 25 Feb 2017 08:37 PM

Republican governors said Saturday that they were working on a proposal for reforming healthcare amid the debate on repealing and replacing Obamacare.

"I'm very encouraged about the fact that there has been outreach to all of us," Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval told reporters after the National Governors Association held a meeting on healthcare at their conference in Washington. "I think the Republican governors will be putting something together."

Sandoval's comments were reported by The Hill.

He did not provide a timeline for when the governors' plan would be available, though association members would be meeting with Capitol Hill legislators on Monday to discuss healthcare issues.

Members of Congress are seeking input from governors regarding Medicaid expansion as they seek to replace the Affordable Care Act, according to the Hill.

In January, Ohio Gov. John Kasich proposed that eligibility for Medicaid expansion be reduced from those living at 138 percent of the federal poverty level to 100 percent.

The governors said that a compromise between the thresholds has been discussed — and that remains one option under consideration.

Kasich participated in Saturday's session and he met with President Donald Trump on Friday on the issue at the White House.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price also attended the governors' presentation.

The Hill asked Sandoval on whether Price appeared opened to the Medicaid expansion.

"I wouldn't assume that," he responded.

"One of the things he talked about was having an environment where people can keep their coverage," the governor added. "What that means, that's something that is going to be a subject of conversation later on."

Trump also met with two GOP governors to discuss healthcare issues, the Hill reports.

They were Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Florida Gov. Rick Scott, the White House disclosed.

"There's continued efforts by staffs from Nevada and Ohio and Michigan," Sandoval said, "and all them working together to try to keep everybody's interests in mind."

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